Thursday, October 27, 2016

Hail to the King

Artist Damien Brooksbank is ready to don the mask of the King in Yellow.  The texture work has a wonderfully corrupted feel.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Evergloff Edition.

Artist Oliver Evergloff brings us this work in progress shot of his Cthulhu idol.  I like how the upper body and head flows into the mass of facial tentacles.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Hail Tsathoggua!

He was very squat and pot-bellied, his head was more like a monstrous toad than a deity, and his whole body was covered with an imitation of short fur, giving somehow a vague sensation of both the bat and the sloth. His sleepy lids were half-lowered over his globular eyes; and the tip of a queer tongue issued from his fat mouth.

This faux bronze idol of Clark Ashton Smith's Tsathoggua comes to us from artist Richard Svensson.  The patina is quite nice.

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Horror in the Museum

The gifted Joe Broers returns with the idol of Rhan-Tegoth from "The Horror in the Museum" by H. P. Lovecraft and Hazel Heald.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Deep Ones of Amsterdam

How did a tiny polity noted for herring production suddenly become the center of a globe spanning naval empire?  And why was "religious tolerance" such a hallmark of their culture?  Historians and economists have their own explanations, but Creamy Lyptus has discovered an intriguing clue to another possibility.   These curiously fishy adornments are found within Amsterdam's Nieuwe Kerk ("New Church").   The natives of Innsmouth surely would have felt right at home.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Big Wheels Rolling

The Chinese wheelbarrow is one of those wonderful bits of historical flavor I love about the classic era.  This particular illustration comes to us from the "Shanghai" pages of the New York Public Library's digital collection

Well into the modern era a huge amount of China's land transportation was handled by a massive network of roads and trails designed for these unique, mono-wheeled carts.  They're the kind of thing any adventurer in China, in particular those taking part in Chaosium's "Masks of Nyarlathotep", would run into on a regular basis.

It's an ingenious design capable of carrying huge loads because all the weight is supported by the single large wheel.  The operator simply steers and provides the motive force.  That's in contrast to the traditional western wheelbarrow, which forced the user to continuously lift roughly half the weight.  The single wheel also made infrastructure maintenance considerably easier.  Two and four wheeled carts needed a full sized road that required constant grading, drainage, and repairs to stand up to heavy use.  Chinese wheelbarrows only needed a six inch wide trail to support the single wheel, something even the smallest of villages could manage.

If you're curious to learn more Low Tech Magazine has a detailed, in-depth article on the subject  you'll enjoy.  I'll warn you ahead of time that if you start browsing the site you could easily lose track of time.  It's filled with engrossing looks at "primitive" and early industrial technology.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Cthulhu Fhtagn! Lobe Edition.

Artist Jonah Lobe designed this beguiling Cthulhu idol.  It's a great interpretation of Lovecraft's original description, but I'm a little disappointed with the quality of the casting.  If you look at the detail shots you'll see quite a bit of ridging left over from the original 3D print.